Overdrive Staff | April 03, 2011

The Carl’s Corner convenience store and truck stop opened Willie Nelson’s Truck Stop, DBA as Willie’s Place, in late 2008, off of U.S. 35. Carl Cornelius is president and Nelson is an equity holder, court documents stated.

New Jersey-based SBL Capital Funding financed completion of the truck stop in February 2008. It employed nearly 80 people but was never profitable, according to the court.

Cornelius founded the town of Carl’s Corner in the late 1980s to house Carl’s Corner Truck Stop. In 2005, Cornelius and Nelson opened the concert theater Willie’s Place at the truck stop, located 15 miles from the singer’s Abbot, Texas, birthplace.

— Jill Dunn




Oakland port truckers seek emissions rule delay

Drayage trucking companies that serve the Port of Oakland, which use primarily owner-operators, are seeking support to delay a California Air Resources Board mandate that requires trucks to be retrofitted with nitrogen oxide-reduction equipment by 2014.

A trade group representing port truck operators estimates that without a postponement in the NOx requirement, 4,400 1994-2006 model year trucks would have to be replaced with 2007 or newer models by January 2014. In December, CARB voted against a proposal to push back NOx emissions compliance to 2020.

The West State Alliance has contacted Oakland city officials and port executives for meetings to discuss the situation and to appeal to CARB to reconsider the deadline. “We want CARB to be responsive,” said Ron Light, West State executive director.

Light said the drayage truckers face a series of deadlines that are expensive and could put several operators out of business. By January 2012, 700 trucks of 2004 engine model year would require retrofits under a Phase I diesel emissions reduction mandated by CARB. By January 2013, another 1,700 trucks of 2005-2006 engine model years would require retrofits.

Light said many operators could meet the deadlines by purchasing diesel particulate filters.

— Max Kvidera


CLASS 8 TRUCK net orders for February dropped 12 percent from a strong January, according to preliminary data from FTR Associates. Class 8 orders of 23,998 units were up 210 percent from February 2010. The figure includes orders from Canada, Mexico and exports.

AN ECONOMIC indicator that measures of the flow of goods to U.S. factories, retailers and consumers fell 1.5 percent during February. However, February marked the 15th straight month of year-over-year growth for the Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index, which is based on diesel consumption by over-the-road trucks.

SURFACE TRANSPORTATION trade between the United States and Canada and Mexico rose 13.8 percent in December over December 2009 to $66.5 billion, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics of the U.S. Department of Transportation. BTS reported the value of trade fell 2.2 percent in December from November. 

Industry challenged to find drivers

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